Workshops 2018

Metalworking, blacksmithing, swordsmithing, jewellery, pottery, flintknapping, basket weaving, woodworking, traditional crafts, herbal lore, singing and more. Immerse yourself in the ancient world and learn some of the crafts and techniques that our ancestors used to make everything they needed. This is a unique learning environment where you will be surrounded by buildings from 5000 years’ of human history from the New Stone Age to the Saxon period. Our workshops will give you an unforgettable hands-on experience of the past.

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Our workshops are run by tutors with a passion for their craft. They will help you learn a new skill, make an object using traditional techniques and create something uniquely hand made.

Gift Vouchers

Available online, by phone 02392 598838 or from the Butser Ancient Farm shop.

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Metal working

Start as a beginner or refine your skills, we have a range of workshops making objects in copper, bronze, iron and silver. You can create jewellery inspired by archaeological finds, craft a Roman sword or cast in bronze to make your own treasure.

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Embroidery and basket making 

Traditional skills that will teach you to create beautiful hand-made objects using natural materials. A chesnut foraging basket and Early Medieval embroidery.

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Ancient skills

Spend a day learning some of the basic skills you would need to survive in prehistoric Britain. Learn to make your own Mesolithic spear using ancient skills of flint knapping, cordage making and fire lighting.

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Herbs: food and medicine

Develop your understanding of traditional plants and herbs, their uses and meanings. Food, Medicinal or Magical, the choice is yours.

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